The Bold Type had “the talk” this week — the gun talk.
And while uncomfortable, it was necessary as part of a larger debate that many folks are having with their own close friends and family at this very moment.
Basically, Jane was disgusted when she found out Sutton owned a shotgun and better yet, that she kept it inside their NYC apartment.
“Do you have a MAGA hat,” she asked her sarcastically which was an unnecessary jab coming from someone who maybe isn’t as informed about guns as she should be. It’s easy to be scared of something when you don’t understand it or are always being told that it does more harm than good.
Sutton on the other hand was unapologetically proud of her shotgun who she named Betsy back in high school. She had a pretty decent argument for holding onto Betsy — she liked to shoot skeet.
On her first day back, Jane was thrust into the position of “proving” that she was worthy of getting her job back. And without batting an eyelash, she pitched the article title: “I love my best friend but hate her gun.”
The Bold Type always tries to find ways to incorporate hot button topics into their series by way of article. Was it a neat and tidy story that could be wrapped up in one episode? Definitely not. Could they have had this debate for episodes on end? Of course. But that would be counterproductive.
Both ladies made very valid arguments for opposing and supporting guns. I wasn’t satisfied with Sutton giving up her gun at the end, however, because it seemed like she enjoyed it for more reasons than just for control. Jane wanted to the outcome to be Sutton giving up the gun and when recounting all the massive school shootings didn’t work, she appealed to Sutton’s emotional side by telling her she only used the gun as a crutch to be controlling.
Jane is the last person that should be talking about control when the whole point of her article was to gain control of the situation and Sutton.
Sutton caved to Jane and the beliefs that owning a gun somehow made her a terrible person when in reality, there are various types of gun owners — good and bad. It wasn’t very authentic for a character who is the most put together and responsible on the show.
Sutton feeling control of her gun, in my opinion, was a good thing because it meant she knew what she was doing and following all the rules. Not once did anything ever get out of hand nor did it pose a threat to Jane.
I will also agree with the statement that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Sure, it’s much easier with a gun, however, the gun laying in the apartment itself would not do anything. Jane made it seem like just by laying in a secure case, it would somehow affect her life and she’d move out if Sutton didn’t get rid of it. Girl, take a few breaths.
That illogical fear is formed from not being knowledgable about it.
Maybe part two of this convo should focus on mental health in America and guns getting into the hands of those who aren’t as careful around them as Sutton is.
I also like how they addressed stereotyping a gun owner. Sutton isn’t what you’d imagine a shotgun owner to look like, but she is one and there are plenty more folks that look just like her.
Jane’s been on a rather judgmental streak as of late, first with Kat on the topic of diversity in the workplace and now with Sutton when it comes to guns. Just because she has an opinion doesn’t make her right or better than anyone. It’s kind of getting annoying and it’s making her rather unlikeable.
At this point, even Ryan told her to maybe consider Sutton’s point of view.
And why is she reaching out to her ex hook-up instead of her boyfriend? Jane’s life has been so messy as of late, she really cannot speak about anyones decisions or try to use their situations as leverage to gain control. The promo teasing her possible pregnancy is just more proof that she really has no idea what she’s doing right now or who she even is.
By approaching Jaclyn and asking for her old desk back, she wanted to be in control again.
As for Adena and Kat, their open relationship of sorts could be problematic, or it could be what brings them towards closer to being endgame and allows them to build a strong foundation of trust.
I’ve read some comments about how the way their relationship is being handle feeds into a bi-sexual trope that LGBTQ characters aren’t faithful or need to experiment, and I don’t necessarily see it that way.
My thoughts may be invalidated because I am not part of that community nor do I know as much about their representation as I should, but I’m coming at it from the these are two people in a relationship who are facing a problem and dealing with it heads on.
The problem of experimenting and being curious isn’t necessarily exclusive to LGBTQ couples — this is a problem any couple could face.
I personally didn’t see Kat hooking up with another woman as cheating because she received permission from Adena to do it.
I also don’t think it’s one of those “hit a specific number and you’re gay enough to be with me” situations because she’s not necessarily trying to prove to herself that she likes women. She knows she does. And while she may be unsure if she’s gay or bi, the whole point isn’t to convince herself of her sexuality, it’s to embrace it.
Adena has been there and done that multiple times with multiple women. Kat is a newbie and like any newbie, she’s curious. Most of us were in our first relationship and sexual experience.
While some may be content with one woman for the rest of their lives, Kat isn’t one of those people. And Adena knows that.
She also knows that if she doesn’t allow her to explore, she’ll grow to resent her or worse, she will end up cheating out of lust and it will ruin this good thing that they have.
It’s kind of the like when you tell someone they can’t have something, it makes them want it even more.
Kat thought it was wrong, so she felt guilty and couldn’t stop the thoughts and sex dreams.
I think it’s all very human.
I don’t necessarily think that an open relationship would work for everyone and who knows, it might be a flop for them as well.
But if they are both in agreement about what is happening here, I don’t see an issue.
- Olivier is human and his relationship with the three ladies is quite enjoyable.
- Sutton’s encounter with “Brookie” was the worst thing ever. She was such a bitch to Sutton the whole time they were friends and then treated her like Sutton did her dirty. Girl, bye.
- Can someone please bring Alex back? I miss him. The office needs more masculinity.
- Also, Richard. Where is he? Where is his new girlfriend? When will get back with Sutton? While I love her independent street as the woman who can’t be tamed, I don’t want to see their relationship wither away for good.
- Knowing Sutton’s background as a rural girl in a shooting club makes me like her that much more. It shows that you can’t let where you come from stop you from pursuing your dreams!
‘The Bold Type’ Announces Final Season Premiere Date
Mandatory meeting in the fashion closet.
The Bold Type previously announced that its fifth season will be its last, and now, we have a premiere date!
Freeform announced the series will return on Wednesday, May 26!
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) April 8, 2021
Per the synopsis, Kat, Jane, and Sutton are “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world.”
Season 4 ended prematurely on July 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a refresher, the season ended with Sutton and Richard splitting, Kat hooking up with Eva despite the two sharing significantly different political views and then calling things off, and Jane challenging Jacqueline on a controversial story that involved her husband while also possibly crushing on one of her writers.
The upcoming final season will be miniature in size as it will only feature six episodes.
‘The Bold Type’ Gets Renewed for Mini Fifth and Final Season
This calls for one final meeting in the fashion closet!
Freeform hit fans of the workplace drama with a mix of good news followed by immediate bad news. The ladies of The Bold Type are getting one more season, which will serve as a proper goodbye.
The network renewed the series for a fifth (yay!) and final (boo!) season on Wednesday, January 27.
“The Bold Type has been a gift that has truly changed my life,” executive producer Wendy Straker Hauser said in her own statement. “I spent my twenties in New York City working in magazines, so in many ways the show feels very personal to my experiences. I have truly loved writing this show and living in this world. I will miss it terribly, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and glad to know it’s been a comfort to so many people out there.”
According to the network, the final season will see the “trio is on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world. Their futures are bright, and their love and support for each other will never change.”
The final season will consist of 6 episodes, which doesn’t seem like nearly enough to wrap up all the cliffhangers of season 4. We’ve spent so much time with these girls — getting to know them, going through the ups and downs, growing and crying with them — that 6 episodes feels like a disservice to fans.
Even though the fourth season was cut short due to the pandemic, Kat, Sutton, and Jane still had a lot going on.
Sutton’s (Meghann Fahy) marriage to Richard was falling apart after the two had a disagreement about children. In a moment of recklessness, she slept with her married high school boyfriend. Jane (Katie Stevens) was developing feelings for one of her employees and pursuing a controversial piece about an inappropriate workplace romance that Jacqueline told her to shut down. Meanwhile, Kat (Aisha Dee) slept with Ava, the conservative daughter of the former Scarlet president who she exposed for funding gay conversion therapy.
See… many storylines that need to be wrapped up. Hopefully, The Bold Type finds the right way to say goodbye to these fearless, bold, and inspiring women who we’ve come to call our best friends over the years.
No word on when the final season will premiere.
The Bold Type Season Finale Review – Not Far from the Tree (4×16)
It’s rare that someone looks forward to a season finale, but season 4 of The Bold Type has turned into a hot mess and it’s best that they take a break, remember what made the show so groundbreaking in the first place, and hit the reset button on the season altogether.
Many fans have been vocal about their displeasure with the turn that Richard and Sutton’s relationship has taken. And I’ll admit, right now, it’s the least appealing storyline right next to whatever is happening with Kat… more on that in a minute.
While Richard and Sutton’s relationship woes aim to showcase what happens when your happily ever after doesn’t go as planned, it’s ruining one of the show’s, nay, television’s, strongest relationships.
Richard and Sutton hit more than their fair share of bumps in the road, but they found a way to persevere, grow up, and grow with each other.
It’s fine if the writers wanted to hone in on the idea that sometimes great love isn’t sustainable. Realistically, marriages fail for all sorts of reasons including different ideas for the future and disagreements about children. It’s valid.
Both Richard and Sutton handled it the right way — she was outspoken and honest bout not wanting children, he left because he wants to be with someone who does. They both respected each other’s wishes even if it hurt like hell.
It’s devastating to lose the person you thought you were going to spend your life with, so I expected to explore sulking Sutton, but I can’t stand behind and watch the show turn her into a homewrecker on the verge of alcoholism aka Babs 2.0.
Instead of rising from the ashes, Sutton is becoming her mother. When she went back to her hometown, she made some bad decisions, namely, hooking up with Billy, her old high school sweetheart who is married and has a family. She was seeking the comfort of the familiar after her reality got ripped away from her, which to some degree is normal, but I think subconsciously, Sutton wanted to prove to herself that she’s no better than her mom and doesn’t deserve this great life that she built for herself — with or without Richard. When Billy’s wife told her “she’s just like her mother,” it triggered something inside of her, and it seems like we’re going to see that downward spiral play out in season 5. I truly hope Sutton can get a hold of herself and not allow that destructive behavior, which is so easy to fall into, to bring her down.
At this point, Sutton is becoming her own worst enemy. And seeing her chug that liquor down towards the end of the episode is not only heartbreaking but alarming. Alcoholism runs in my family, so I understand how real it is and why it needs to be addressed, but I also always loved that Sutton wasn’t defined by her past or her upbringing.
I also hope the series isn’t planning to bring Richard back into Sutton’s life to be her knight in shining armor. I’ve never been one to just turn my back on a couple I shipped, but I might have to jump ship here because it’s hard to see how these two could ever bounce back from what has happened. The Bold Type made choices that permanently severed the relationship between Sutton and Richard, and it needs to stay true to how that would play out realistically. There’s no fairytale ending here, and I can’t see them walking back to each other after this unless Sutton has a change of heart. But again, she was so decided that it is difficult to want that for her.
Personally, I much rather see Sutton mourn the relationship and throw herself into work — we all want to see who Sutton is without Richard!
My distaste for the demise of Sutton and Richard’s relationship has sucked the joy out of the rest of the episode, which found most of the ladies making some poor decisions. Well, everyone aside from Jane.
Her romantic drama with Scott was on the back burner (thankfully) as she focused on a story for the Failing Feminist reminiscent of the real-life Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell controversy. A young woman came to Jane about abusive behavior from her male editor, which required her and other girls to clean up the room after the boss’ sexcapades with his mistresses.
Jane and Jacqueline were both on-board to pursue the story with full force, but the latter changed her mind when her husband, Ian, mentioned that he dated Nicole Keating — the woman allegedly covering up for the scummy boss — while they were “on a break.” When Jacqueline first mentioned Ian worked at the company, I initially thought that Ian was going to end up being the pervy boss in the situation, especially since he and Jacqueline have been tirelessly working to fix their marriage. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case!
Ian was simply concerned that if the story went public, it would not only threaten his family but paint Jacqueline in a bad light as she would look like the scorned lover looking to retaliate and targeting Nicole.
And Jacqueline, who has been working so hard on salvaging her marriage, agreed to nix the story.
But honestly, when have “optics” ever stopped Jacqueline? I was shocked by her decision because it was so unlike her to put her own needs above a powerful expose. It’s a good thing Jane caught on and called her out on the behavior because as she pointed out, it went against everything Jacqueline taught her as a journalist. And if Jacqueline has so much confidence in Jane that she believes she’s “the future of Scarlet” (a major compliment to Jane, by the way), then she should have known Jane would figure it out.
Will this destroy the relationship that Jacqueline and Ian were trying to mend? For some reason, I don’t see Iceland happening!
And then there’s Kat, whose relationship with Ava isn’t doing her or her podcast any favors, but for some reason, she just cannot quit it.
Considering the backlash The Belle received because they gave a voice to a conservative Republican for its first guess, it seems like being involved with someone like Ava has the potential of doing more harm than good.
Also, wasn’t the point of the podcast to spotlight different views and members from all walks of life? I don’t understand the need to do “damage control” so quickly. Clearly, Kat hit the nail on the head with Ava as the first guest because it got people talking. Podcasts should explore the viewpoints of vastly different people.
While I’m all for the idea of embracing new ideologies and being open-minded to opposing views — and frankly, that’s necessary sometimes in politics — it isn’t enough to justify the romance between these two. Kat has been so progressive in every step of her life and outing RJ Safford, Ava’s father, for his support of conversion therapy, was her boldest move at fighting corruption. By pairing her up with Ava and allowing her to catch feelings, it undermines the power and importance of that very decision and leaves us with a largely unimpressive Kat.
Aisha Dee (who plays Kat Edison on the series) largely agreed as she took to Instagram earlier today to talk about the “confusing” and “out of character” relationship.
“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote.
No one is saying Kat and Ava have to hate each other, no, they can respect each other, but I can think of countless better storylines more suited for Kat, who has been a trailblazer character throughout the show’s four-season run. The series botched the love story between Kat and Adena (who was completely missing this season), and it’s a shame that the best they could do is to use Kat as a prop in a relationship with a conservative white woman who, yes, is queer, but also, doesn’t protect her own community and stands for all the things that Kat doesn’t.
Let’s nix this story going into season 5 completely. We won’t forget it happened, but we’ll forgive the misstep if we get a storyline that embraces Kat as the queer, Black, outspoken, boss babe that she is and gives her a worthwhile romance.
There was a secondary plot featuring Alex and Andrew, who nails every scene. As Andrew’s drag persona, Jacqueline Carmichael, got praised for sticking up for Alicia in the bar, Alex was trolled for his inaction and called the death of masculinity. It’s unfair to judge his actions or assume his intentions based on a short, viral clip, but it shows us exactly how the world works. Too often, we pass judgments on people after watching a snippet and not hearing their side of the story.
It was surprising to me that Alex didn’t think to address the situation on his “Ask Alex” podcast. It would’ve been better than taking cheap shots on Twitter at the author of the article as the issue stemmed from his desire to honor his girlfriend’s wishes of remaining independent. I’m sure he’s not the only man struggling to walk that fine line of when to interfere and when to let your girl handle her own issues, so the topic would be engaging and informative while also allowing him to clear the air and reclaim his “manhood.”
What did you think of the episode?
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